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grant al­lot­ment for the SHS li­brary was $60,000.

“The big push is go­ing to be mov­ing into a 21st Cen­tury me­dia cen­ter,” said Read­ing 2 Suc­ceed teacher li­brar­ian coach Brandi Bur­ton. “One of the big­gest roles in one of those cen­ters is col­lab­o­ra­tion. If you'll see all of the fur­ni­ture ar­range­ments that they pur­chased will foster col­lab­o­ra­tion re­ally well. That was a mov­ing fac­tor be­hind that.”

The fur­ni­ture ar­rived dur­ing the last week of the school year, and much of it is set up in cir­cles, or other group­ings to foster col­lab­o­ra­tion. SHS stu­dents were also given a say in what fur­ni­ture was pur­chased for the li­brary.

“We did a sur­vey, and on the sur­vey they men­tioned that they would like to see the fur­ni­ture up­dated,” said SHS li­brar­ian Camelia Robin­son. “Once we got the ball rolling look­ing at dif­fer­ent ven­dors, they helped pick out some of the chairs, and what they thought would look nice.”

Tech­nol­ogy re­sources avail­able to teach­ers and stu­dents in­clude iPads and Swivls, which al­low teach­ers to record their lec­tures and in­ter­act with stu­dents on them. An Ap­ple TV was also pur­chased for the li­brary.

“Now that we've got pretty much the books and tech­nol­ogy that we need, start­ing this next school year, we're go­ing to re­fer to ev­ery li­brary as a me­dia cen­ter, and we're go­ing to hope­fully start do­ing more fur­ni­ture pur­chases and just dif­fer­ent ideas that will al­low us to in­crease col­lab­o­ra­tion through­out each fa­cil­ity,” Bur­ton said.

Bur­ton said the me­dia cen­ter should ideally serve as the school's hub, with nu­mer­ous re­sources for both teach­ers and stu­dents. She also em­pha­sized the speed at which li­braries were evolv­ing.

“It used to be, you would just come in, check out your weekly book, and that was it, so now we are of­fer­ing things such as the iPads, the Ap­ple TV, Swivls, all of these dif­fer­ent tech­nol­ogy rich re­sources so that the teach­ers that will come in, as well and make the most of all of these things,” Bur­ton said.

Ris­ing se­nior Kather­ine Du­mas said she hoped more stu­dents would start us­ing the li­brary with the re­cent up­grades.

“I've checked out books a cou­ple of times for a book re­port or some­thing, but most of the time, I was sit­ting at the ta­bles work­ing on projects or things we had to use com­put­ers for,” Du­mas said. “I think most of the traf­fic that comes through here is work­ing at the ta­bles or places like that, so it's kind of cool to see the new fur­ni­ture, be­cause I think that's what we use most in here.”

Du­mas also said she ex­pected the Java Jacket Café to be pop­u­lar based off how many stu­dents she saw us­ing vend­ing ma­chines.

“There are so many peo­ple that you'll see walk into the school in the morn­ing with cof­fee in their hands,” Du­mas said. “I think a lot of peo­ple will use it.”

Bur­ton said across the dis­trict, the changes would be­gin in the up­com­ing school year, and would be grad­ual at first. Some of the li­braries will also in­tro­duce re­sources for teach­ing cod­ing and push­ing dig­i­tal lit­er­acy in ad­di­tion to read­ing lit­er­acy.

“This is just go­ing to give them even more of an op­por­tu­nity to have peo­ple come in,” Bur­ton said. “It will in­crease the foot traf­fic, not only with the new fur­ni­ture setup, but with the cof­fee shop. Some­body who might not be a nor­mal vis­i­tor to the li­brary, might start com­ing in and they may see some­thing that in­ter­ests them and find a book and ig­nite a love for read­ing.”

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